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Grants to Arizona Nonprofits and
Agencies for Community Programming

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Arizona Commission on the Arts

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03/12/20 11:59 PM


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Grants to Arizona nonprofit and tribal organizations, and local government agencies to support arts activities and programs that benefit the public. First-time applicants must submit a Notification of Intent prior to applying. Funding is intended to present, produce, teach, and serve the arts. Grants are awarded to applicants that demonstrate strong alignment with the criteria of the CIG program. Organizations apply in one of six grant levels based on their budget size.

Grant Program Review Criteria:

  • Community Investment 
  • Quality Programming/Service 
  • Fiscal Ingenuity 
  • Stewardship of Public Funds 

Organizations may use CIG funds for different expenses, including:

  •  Salaries and personal expenses: artists, production staff, administrators, teachers, contractors, consultants
  • Artistic/Production Expenses: supplies, materials, equipment, venues, royalties, licensing
  • Administrative Expenses: office space and supplies, insurance, professional services like accounting or payroll, fees for banking, online services, training and education, marketing and promotion.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179032

Estimated Size of Grant:

Potential CIG award amounts vary by level. A grantee’s award amount is determined based on their panel review ranking and the availability of grant funds. The minimum award in each level for the previous year’s cycle was $1,000 (Level I), $2,000 (Level II), and $3,000 (Level III), $6,000 (Level IV), $8,000 (Level V), and $15,000 (Level VI).

Term of Contract:

The funding period runs from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicant organizations are:
- Based in the State of Arizona
- Have a primary mission to produce, present, teach, or serve the arts
- Are incorporated with the IRS as a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization (or have a formal agreement with a nonprofit fiscal sponsor) OR are a unit of government (local or tribal)
- Multidisciplinary or multipurpose organizations are eligible for Community Investment Grants if they meet the above requirements and are able to demonstrate that the arts comprise at least 50% of the organization’s public programming.

Organizations that received a Community Investment Grant in the last
funding cycle will apply as follows for FY2021: CIG Levels I, II, III, IV, V, and VI will submit an alternate year application.

CIG award amounts vary according to the size of applicant organization:
- CIG Level I: $5,000 – $24,999
- CIG Level II: $25,000 – $99,999
- CIG Level III: $100,000 – $249,999
- CIG Level IV: $250,000 to $549,999
- CIG Level V: $550,000 – $1,249,999
- CIG Level VI: $1,250,000 and above

For information about funding restrictions, see:

Pre-Application Information:

To help facilitate the planning of review panels, organizations submitting a full CIG application this year are asked to first submit a Notification of Intent to Apply by Friday, February 21, 2020.

All applications are due by March 12, 2020, 11:59 PM.

New Applicants:
- Notification of Intent to Apply Due: February 21, 2020
- Application Due: March 12, 2020, 11:59 pm
- Grant review panels convened: May 2020 (dates and times TBA)
- Grantees notified: July 1, 2020

FY2020 CIG Recipients
- Alternate Year Application Due: March 12, 2020, 11:59 pm
- Grantees notified: July 1, 2020

As the Arizona Commission on the Arts is currently in the process of renovating the Community Investment Grant program, only organizations that are applying for the first time or that were not funded in the FY2020 cycle will submit a full FY2021 CIG application for panel review. Organization that received a Community Investment Grant in FY2020 are required to submit an Alternate-Year application and will not go to panel review.

CIG awards must be matched with cash (at least 1:1) by the organization.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Submittable Technical Support:
Phone: (855) 467-8264, ext. 2

Brad DeBiase, Programs and Grants Coordinator
Phone: (602) 771-6534

Claudio Dicochea
Phone: (602) 771-6502

Arizona Commission on the Arts
417 West Roosevelt Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85003-1326
Phone: (602) 771-6501
Fax: (602) 256-0282

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